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The Giant's Causeway - About

If you decide to go to Northern Ireland, one of the places that you must see is the Giants Causeway. It is unique to anywhere else in Northern Ireland as it has an area of about 40,000 polygonal interlocking columns. It was a volcanic eruption which happened 60 million years ago which caused this spectacle and today it is the only UNESCO world heritage site in Northern Ireland.

The Giant's Causeway is also filled with myth and legend. Hence the name ‘Giants’ Causeway. It is said that the Causeway was built by a Giant called Finn MacCool. As the story goes, Finn accepted a challenge by a Scottish Giant called Benandonner. He then built the polygonal rocked bridge that went from Ireland to Scotland so that they could stage the fight. However, Finn soon realised that Benandonner was much bigger than him. Finn MacCool chickened out of the fight, and his wife Oonagh disguised him as a baby. When Benandonner came over to find Finn he saw the baby and thought that if that’s the size of Finn’s baby, then Finn must be a much larger giant than he is. Finn flees back to Scotland destroying the Giants causeway bridge as he goes.

The Giant's Causeway has two paths. A high one and a low one. If you want to see the beautiful coastal scenery then the high path would be recommended. However, if you want a close look at the spectacular famous rocks of the Causeway then you should take the low path.

The Giant's Causeway has its own Visitors' Centre, which provides more information about the Causeway, outdoor audio tours, option of a guided walk by an experienced member of the National Trust Team, coffee shop and a gift shop.

Prices

Causeway Visitors Centre 
Adult£9
Child (5-16 years)£4.50
Children under 5 yearsFree
Family (2 adults + 3 children)£22
National Trust MembersFree
Group Rate (size of 10+, can pre-book by contacting 028 2073 3419)£3
*Pedestrian access to the Giants Causeway is free. However, if you want to use any of the facilities then you must pay the standard fee.
*Their is a shuttle bus(run by translink) that runs from the visitor centre to the Causeway stones. The charge is:
  • £1 per adult
  • 50p per child
  • National Trust members - Free
  • Senior Citizens (must present a smart pass) - Free

How to Save on Admission Fee

  • Pre-purchase and save: If you pre-purchase your tickets from then you will save:
    • £2 on adult admission
    • £1.25 on child admission
    • £4 on family admission
  • Go Green and Save:If you arrive by public transport, bicycle, or foot, you'll save:
    • £2 on adult admission
    • £1.25 on child admission
    • £4 on family admission
  • Green admission discount is also available from Park and Ride in Bushmills village (March-October). The Park and Ride service is only for those wishing to gain access into the Giant's Causeway Visitor Centre.

Opening Times

The Causeway Stones and Coastal Path open daily from dawn till dusk
2015 visitor centre opening hours 
January09.00
February to March09.00 to 18.00
1 April to 30 September09.00 to 19.00
October09.00 to 18.00
November to December09.00 to 17.00
*Closed 24th, 25th and 16th December
*Last admission is 1 hour before closing time

Details

Address:
44 Causeway Road,
Bushmills,
County Antrim,
BT57 8SU

Telephone: (028) 2073 1855

Email: giantscauseway@nationaltrust.org.uk

Website:
www.nationaltrust.org.uk/giants-causeway/